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terminal moraine

noun, Geology
1.
a moraine marking the farthest advance of a glacier or ice sheet.
Origin of terminal moraine
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • Mr. E. Desor declared this deposit to be the terminal moraine of the Rhine-glacier, which was formerly very large.

  • A terminal moraine is the most ancient battle-ground of the world.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • All above that is terminal moraine, rock detritus piled upon rock foundation by the glacier.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • The terminal moraine of the great glacier has been carefully traced through several States.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • A portion of the terminal moraine had been plowed up and shoved forward, uprooting and overwhelming the woods on the east side.

    Stickeen John Muir
  • The terminal moraine is the dumping-ground of this mass of material, where the ice river melts.

  • A terminal moraine, a mile and a half in depth, separates it from the sea.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • The evidence for this is found in the presence of a continuous, terminal moraine, at or just in advance of the present ice-front.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The wood-cut below represents the terminal moraine of the glacier of Viesch.

  • A heavy forest growth covers its terminal moraine, and detracts from its lower beauty.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
terminal moraine in Science
terminal moraine  
See under moraine.
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